COLUMBUS —Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R- Copley) offered testimony today before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Senate Bill 8, his legislation that would allow spouses of active duty military members to be eligible for unemployment compensation when their family is transferred to a new duty assignment. Currently, 44 other states and the District of Columbia provide similar benefits to military spouses.
“We should no longer force our military families to choose between splitting up or losing a large portion of the family income,” LaRose said. “Our state is home to a number of key military installations. The changes made by Senate Bill 8 are part of an ongoing effort to make Ohio a more military-friendly state. This is not just simply the right thing to do but will also help keep those key installations in Ohio.”
Senator LaRose also noted that the U.S. Department of Defense, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, the Ohio National Guard and a number of other veterans organizations support the changes made by Senate Bill 8. More information about Senate Bill 8 can be found here.
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"We owe it to our veterans to make sure they can understand and access existing healthcare options at the state and federal level," said LaRose. "By helping them navigate this process, we recognize the immeasurable value of their service to our country."
Senator LaRose will make himself available to meet with constituents throughout his district on Saturday, April 25, 2015. “I always look forward to meeting with folks in my district about the issues that impact their lives," said LaRose. "If you are a constituent, you can help me serve you better in Columbus by sharing your opinions about the work we are doing on your behalf."
LaRose, a cosponsor of the legislation, said "I am pleased we were able to reach a bipartisan consensus to pass legislation that will support and create thousands of new jobs for hardworking Ohioans over the next two years."